The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and scholars of the school. As such, it acts as a function that brings these groups together in a mutual enterprise, building school spirit and raising funds for the school. Special thanks go to aQuellé, stalwart sponsors of three of the Mudman events and of the series as a whole.

“aQuellé country plays host to the four-race aQuellé Mudman Series in February, March and April each year. This exciting series includes a 750m swim or 2.5km paddle, a 20km mountain bike ride and a 5km trail run through beautiful countryside.”

Mudman is an off-road multi-sport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events, held in scenic surroundings in a spirit of fun amidst the competition. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999. It has grown into a whole-family event, catering for everyone from under 5 to 50+.

 Individual competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bowmen, Olympic silver medallist Terrence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Gumming, Ken Curr and Suzette Botha.

   School teams have always been most welcome at Mudman, and in the past Hermannsburg have been winners of the schools’ challenge.

“Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three. The series is primarily aimed as a fundraiser for the hosting schools: Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth,  and Eston. Both junior and senior schools, as well as corporates, are encouraged to take up the challenge of taming the aQuellé Mudman.

“With great prizes up for grabs and a mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series is a great day out for the whole family.”